Rules on Information Release

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I'm curious what the rules are as far as signing the release for personal contact information to be given to a correspondent child who is still in the program, but no longer associated with a particular sponsor through Compassion. For example, I lost 2 older boys I have been corresponding with for quite some time on Friday. I would like to sign a waiver to release at least my email to them, but can I do that since they are still in the Compassion program? If so, could I please have a waiver sent to me for both Efrain and Daniel?

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KristenH, Champion

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Lindsay i was told we can only get a waiver if the child has completed the program.
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Hi Lindsay!

I am so sorry for your loss! The child must be leaving the
program in order to process continuing correspondence and send the waiver form. Since we tell children that they cannot be in contact with their sponsors on social media while they are in the program, it could get pretty confusing for them. We want the rules to be clear so that they can easily follow them. If Efrain and Daniel ever leave the program, we may be able to do a waiver of liability at that time. 
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Can you explain how the release of info works.  do you have to have been a correspondent or a sponor for a certain amount of time before the child graduates?  Also, do sponsors generally give the release to those who can speak English sense there is  the translation issue.  I have a child that will graduate next year from IO.  She does not speak English, so I do not know how it would be possible for us to continue to communicate.  Also, I am guessing that our info is given to the child and it is up to the child as to whether they want to stay in contact with us.  Is that correct?

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Hi, Deb! I know one of the ladies will give you an official response next week, but for the sake of satisfying curiosity I can tell you that the rule is to have been corresponding for 2 years. I think some exceptions can be made on that, within reason, if you have a good relationship with a kid and you've perhaps been writing a little less than the 2 years. I do think there's probably a greater number of sponsors who release I go to those with whom they can easily communicate, be it in English or a situation where the sponsor speaks the child's language or knows someone who does. I, for example, talk to one of my past correspondents on Facebook and run my messages through Google Translate before sending them to her. She either does the same, or she's working hard to teach herself English. Third- Yes. You choose which information will be released to the child and they can contact you or not.
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Hi Deb! As Lindsay mentioned, you have to have had a relationship through sponsorship or correspondence with the child for at least two years before the child left the program and before requesting continued correspondence outside of Compassion. The waiver basically outlines that we are not able to provide translation services and we are not able to assist in the transfer of any monies after the child leaves our program. We also want you to be aware that the release of a your personal address to your sponsored child could make it accessible to relatives, friends or acquaintances who might attempt to use it for personal gain through pressure on the child to ask you for money, or who might communicate falsely to you regarding the child and ask for money to help. We cannot and will not make any guarantees regarding the regularity and quality of the correspondence between you and your child. Compassion strongly advises sponsors not to interact via Facebook or other social media communications as there is no guarantee that it is actually your child that you are in contact with. You may choose which information you would like to disclose. I normally recommend an email address because it is the least risky. 

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